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BLOG: AFTER THE DUST SETTLES: A LATE LOOK AT LLEWYN DAVIS
After waiting more than a month to finally check out the Coen Brothers' dusty, hardscrabble take on The Greenwich Village folk scene, I left a Brooklyn movie theater on Saturday evening feeling mystified....
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BLOG: THE MILK CARTON KIDS WOW MARCUS MUMFORD WITH 'SNAKE EYES'
Another Day, Another Time, Showtime's concert special inspired by the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis aired last Friday....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND ISAAC'S 'INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS' SINGLE IS NOW STREAMING
We've heard it in snippets throughout a collection of trailers, but we're now offered a full stream of Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isacc's stunning cover of folk classic "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)"....
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BLOG: 5 BANDS TO EASE YOUR MUMFORD AND SONS HIATUS GRIEF
Grammy-winning folk rock icons Mumford and Sons recently announced their plan to take time off as a band in hopes of just "hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that," keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone this past Saturday....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS HIRE HYSTERICAL BODY DOUBLES
For every two Mumford and Sons fans, there's a cynical outlier with snarky comment to bark about them....
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BLOG: ALICE COOPER HAS HARSH WORDS FOR MUMFORD AND SONS
Hey Mumford and Sons and Lumineers, Alice Cooper wants you to eat a damn steak. According to the Godfather of Shock Rock, there's no room for accordions, lutes or flutes in rock and roll (unless you're Jethro Tull, of course)....
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BLOG: MOVIES WE CAN'T WAIT FOR: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
A few months back we chatted about the upcoming Coen Brothers flick, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is loosely based on the life and memoir of 60s Greenwich Village folk icon Dave Von Ronk....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS, VAMPIRE WEEKEND AND MORE UNLEASH EPIC BEATLES COVER ON GLASTONBURY
This weekend at Glastonbury, Mumford and Sons were joined on stage by a slew of amazing friends for what could be considered the most epic festival performance of the year, thus far....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS ARE HEADING STATESIDE FOR 'FULL ENGLISH TOUR'
Following the health scare that forced Mumford and Sons' bassist Ted Dwane to undergo emergency brain surgery, ultimately leading to the cancelation of the bands' headlining performance at Bonnaroo as well as the postponement of tour dates, the group is ready to hit the road, kicking off their travels next weekend at Glastonbury Music Festival....
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BLOG: ELVIS COSTELLO AND MUMFORD GIVE SPRINGSTEEN CLASSIC A FOLK FACELIFT
We have seen many different covers of Springsteen's Steinbeckian classic "The Ghost of Tom Joad" over the years, from Tom Morello's wah-wah guitar-solo laden version to Nickelback's cringeworthy attempt....
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BLOG: HOW TO MAKE A MUMFORD BAND
The latest gem to surface out of YouTube Comedy Week comes to us in the form of a satirical look at the pop craze surrounding Mumford and Sons and similar folk-styled acts....
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BLOG: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND MARCUS MUMFORD COLLABORATE FOR COEN BROS
The Coen brothers aren't known for cutting any corners when casting the perfect actor for a role in their film, and for their forthcoming music biopic, Inside Llewyn Davis, they sought out the best in the business - Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford - to collaborate on its soundtrack....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS AND THE BOROUGH OF KINGS
We shot Mumford and Sons during their last stop in the borough of Kings. Since then, that's exactly what they've become....
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BLOG: THE BAEBLEMUSIC AWARDS: BEST SOPHOMORE ALBUM
The "Sophomore Slump" is a phenomenon most notable for its association within professional sports, but it most certainly exists in the music world....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS REACT TO TICKET GOUGING
It seems as though this Holiday season's hottest gift is one that wasn't found on the shelves of the Black Friday Thunderdome....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS: 'LOVER OF THE LIGHT' WITH IDRIS ELBA
Mumford & Sons teamed up with Idris Elba to create the music video for "Lover Of The Light," a track off their latest full-length Babel....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS PASSES THE TORCH
There once was a time when Mumford & Sons were but a buzzy little band on the horizon, wooing critics and collecting fans show by show, one mp3 download at a time....
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BLOG: THE TOP 5 MUMFORD AND SONS MOMENTS
It's official, Mumford & Sons are the new it band. With the release of their second album, Babel, the British bluegrass rockers have leaped the fence into full-on mainstream mania....
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BLOG: ALBUM REVIEW: MUMFORD AND SONS
The album isn't awful -- the themes revolving around love, death, sin and redemption are certainly lyricized well....
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BLOG: THE MUMFORD AND SONS BABEL DRINKING GAME
Tomorrow Mumford and Sons release their hotly anticipated follow-up to their hotly loved debut Sigh No More....
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BLOG: LISTEN TO NEW MUMFORD AND SONS, 'I WILL WAIT'
THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR. Mumford and Sons dropped their new single today, "I Will Wait," but fans of the band will recognize the verse melody as the anchoring line from a popular, mysterious show-only tune the band used to play called "Nothing Is Written....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ALMOST NAMED AFTER US
Folk heroes Mumford and Sons have announced the title of their new album, obtusely named after us. Babel will be released on September 24th, and due to poor spelling on the internet, will undoubtedly lead to several mistaken searches leading people to our website....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, US TOUR DETAILS
In 2009, Mumford and Sons took the world by surprise with their debut album, Sigh No More. Suffices to say, we're all ready for their sophomore release, which the band officially announced this weekend at Pinkpop Music Festival in the Netherlands....
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BLOG: THEN AND NOW: MUMFORD AND SONS, THE SCRIPT
Today we stumbled across a serial web series called Balcony.tv, featuring bands playing on balconies all over the world, and we couldn't believe our eyes-- two videos from several years ago featuring younger versions of The Script and Mumford and Sons....
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BLOG: WATCH THE GRAMMY NOMINEES ON BAEBLE
The Grammy nominees were announced last night, and a couple of categories really stand out to us. Check out two of our favorite (and now Grammy nominated) artists performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg, only on Baeble....
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BLOG: WATCH: DAWES AND MUMFORD AND SONS
Every now and then the stars align in such a way that two of our absolutely hair-raising live acts come together on one stage for a performance as one mega-band, like Voltron....
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BLOG: LISTEN: NEW MUMFORD AND SONS
Following up the success of their massive LP Sigh No More will not be an easy feat, but the intensity of their newest material is certainly up to task....
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BLOG: STREAM: MUMFORD AND SONS "HOME"
Colorado radio station KBCO invited Mumford & Sons to perform their latest love tune "Home" for an in-studio performance to give us a quality taste of things to come from the English folkmates....
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BLOG: WATCH: MUMFORD AND SONS COVER THE NATIONAL
Mumford and Sons don't seem to have a problem looking everywhere and anywhere for musical inspiration....
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BLOG: MUMFORD AND SONS PLOT RAILROAD REVIVAL TOUR
This spring, our favorite gentry rockers Mumford and Sons are mixing with the underclass. Along with Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show, they'll be touring the countryside exclusively in vintage rail-cars, making stops in the American Southwest for about a week's worth of outdoor events (six to be exact)....
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ALBUM REVIEW: MUMFORD AND SONS BABEL
Mumford and Sons seem to have been climbing their way into hearts for quite some time now. With their new album Babel, they're back with those folk/indie sounds that fans have grown to love and expect....
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FEATURE: WHAT IS COMMUNION?
When cultural products from the UK hop across the pond to the US, an air of authenticity wafts over. Concealed in their charming accents, British musicians have a historically tremendous professionalism embedded in their music which is difficult to find today....
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CLICK BAIT: MUMFORD AND SONS TOILET HUMOR
At least they have a fallback plan when banjos go out of style. And you thought I was going to say something witty about crappy music....
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Artist Bio

The members of Mumford & Sons came together in 2007, and since have shared a common purpose: to make music that matters, without taking themselves too seriously. The four young men from West have fire in their bellies, romance in their hearts, and rapture in their masterful voices. They are staunch friends Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane who bring their music to us with the passion and pride of an old-fashioned, much-cherished, family business. They create a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with the might of Kings Of Leon, and their incredible energy draws us in quickly to their circle of songs, to the warmth of their stories, and to their magical community of misty-eyed men.

The four friends were playing a number of instruments in various bands in London throughout the summer of 2007. They were united to perform impromptu renditions of Marcus' earliest attempts at song-writing in front of crowds of friends in sweaty underground folk nights in the capital. They bonded over their love of country, bluegrass and folk, and decided to make music that sounded loud, proud and live taking music that could often be pretty and delicate, and fill it with enthusiasm, courage and confidence. It was a very exciting time, and though we loved it and were in awe of the music going on around us, we didn't consider ourselves contenders in the pretty daunting London music scene. There was never any idea of competition, just pure enjoyment, says Marcus. They loved live music so much that they would practice their sets on pavements outside the venues, and also act as backing musicians for the peers with whom they played.

This sense of playing music for the love of it has continued as the main theme through the band's short history. They booked their first rehearsals in the late autumn of 2007: As soon as we sat down together, just the four of us, we knew we had become a band cos what came out was unique to us four as individuals, says Ben. Out of this session came their first band songs: Awake My Soul and White Blank Page, highlights on their debut album.

As soon as they had their first rough cluster of songs, they hit the road, and chased the friendly live reception they got all over the country.

Word spread quickly of the band's phenomenal live show as the Sons toured extensively throughout 2008; from a barge-tour of the Thames with eight other acts, through to an island-hopping tour of the Scottish highlands, and a triumphant set at Glastonbury in June, they sold out London's Luminaire in July, only half a year after they got together. A trilogy of beautiful 10" EPs and the band's first American tour followed in support of Laura Marling and Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit.

With each release, the music of Mumford & Sons got brighter, bolder and brawnier, with an increasing focus on their empassioned and intimate lyrics. What we write about is real, and we sing and play our instruments more passionately cos we feel like we need to. We love honest music, says Winston.

Their success continued to build, too, with two glorious benchmarks being their place on the BBC Sound Of 2009 Poll shortlist, and their London ICA show selling out in 24 hours.

When it came time to record their debut album, the band enlisted producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjrk's), who saw crossover potential in the Sons. He took them to the legendary Eastcote Studios where Arctic Monkeys, Brian Eno, Tindersticks and Laura Marling have honed their music on its vintage equipment; made the band buy good instruments; set them a daily routine; and encouraged them to try and work even more instinctively, to strengthen their already-powerful musical personality. "He wanted us just to sound like us", explains Ben. "He talked about us working on our music's most jubilant and melancholic moments, and make them even more evocative. And over those four weeks, everything came together."

To be released in early 2010 through Glassnote Records in North America, the album begins with the title track, Sigh No More, a statement of intent that references the romantic language of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Amongst darkly reflective tracks such as Thistle & Weeds and ballads like White Blank Page, Winter Winds and Roll Away Your Stone, by contrast, show the band's sprightlier side, the rollicking banjo of the former conjuring up stormy weather that "litters London with lonely hearts"; the latter a fabulous hoedown about a man unsuccessfully filling the hole in his soul.

As the album moves on, this fervour never dies. Little Lion Man a track that Zane Lowe named the Hottest Record In The World Today on a recent Radio 1 show is a rampage about regret and unresolved heartbreak. And finally, after a wild lashing out in the murderous fable of Dust Bowl Dance, After The Storm arrives, the only track Mumford and Sons wrote in the studio, away from the live stage they knew so well. It stands an incredibly moving final track to an incredibly moving album the story of a man scared of what's behind and what's before, and creates a considered conclusion to the band's epic debut album.
Mumford & Sons' live reputation precedes them, which fans stateside can witness this fall in New York City at the annual CMJ Music Marathon, and now their incredible debut reveals the extent of their magic and majesty on record. Feel the fire in your belly and the romance in your heart as you listen, let your voice break into rapture and you too sigh no more.
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